After gear is removed, Trenton protest continues

New Jersey State Police ordered the removal of tents and supplies a small group of protesters in Trenton had accumulated during their round-the-clock demonstration against corporate greed.

And outgrowth of the Occupy Wall Street movement, the group staked out territory in the World War II Memorial Park across for the Statehouse.

A spokesman for New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow said all the stuff protesters had gathered restricted the public’s ability to enjoy the park. So State Police Friday ordered that everything other than the demonstrators’ signs and water had to go.

That irritated protester Alexander Higgins of Brick.

“I think it’s an infringement on my constitutional rights. I mean we’re definitely out here for legitimate purposes,” Higgins said.

Another protester, Trenton resident Mike Jarkowski, said the clean sweep doesn’t matter much to him.

“I got my voice and I got this sign. That’s all I need,” he said.

The protesters did not interfere with the removal of their supplies.

Protester Maureen Rose-Ice of Jackson says it wasn’t worth putting up any resistance.

“We’re not here to be confrontational. We’re here to create a forum for the people that they can come together,” she said. “We can have meaningful dialogue in a place where legislators, where the governor can see us, he can understand.”

She said the protest will continue.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal